Rotherham United: Millers coming closer to first signing

Chairman Tony Stewart at the Millers' popular stadium
Chairman Tony Stewart at the Millers' popular stadium

Rotherham United’s summer recruitment is set to gather pace next week.

The Millers have bided their time since sealing their Championship survival last season and have yet to make a signing.

One of the Championship's best experiences

One of the Championship's best experiences

But that’s likely to change as chairman Tony Stewart and the club’s chief operating officer, Paul Douglas return from a Football League directors summit overseas.

Manager Steve Evans has been meeting targets over the last fortnight and, with the Millers’ big three back in tandem, new players are poised to start arriving at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Evans aims to bolster his squad with up to seven new faces and would like most of them to be in place by the time the Millers report back for pre-season training on June 30.

“We still expect the majority of our signings to happen in June,” he confirmed.

The players certainly seem to like it!

The players certainly seem to like it!

The Rotherham boss, who took his first steps in management in non-league, has described keeping Rotherham in the Championship as his biggest achievement, and he has had to adapt to having a much higher public profile as he has climbed the footballing pyramid

“It’s changed completely since I started out as a manager,” he said.

“Social media, for a start, is a big thing these days, and then there are 24:7 television channels.

“When you work down south in Sussex (Crawley Town) and then come to South Yorkshire, it’s a different world. I had never been at a club before where that type of focus was on you.

“I can only imagine what the likes of Nigel Pearson, and the boys in the Premiership go through, never mind the great Sir Alexs, Jose Mourhinos and Arsene Wengers.

“They can’t even go shopping or it would be on the front pages of the newspapers.”

Meanwhile, the away-day experience at the Millers’ AESSEAL New York Stadium has been voted fourth best in the Championship - and better than at every ground in the Premier League other than Hull City’s KC Stadium.

The Football Supporters Federation polled nearly 4,000 supporters from across the country, with only Brighton, Derby and Wigan receiving higher recommendations in the second tier than Rotherham.

A club spokesman said: “‘We strive to make the matchday experience at AESSEAL New York the best we can for both home and away fans, and we are delighted that our work has been recognised in this survey.

“The stadium was specifically designed to ensure a great view, and also help generate atmosphere, and we feel that a combination of these and several other factors have contributed to our position high in the poll.’

South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday finished third bottom in the Championship rankings, with just Norwich and Blackpool behind them.

Combined Premier League and Championship results (marks out of 10):

Wigan Athletic 7.83

Derby County 7.82

Hull City 7.79

Brighton & HA 7.69

Rotherham United 7.55

Cardiff City 7.40

Huddersfield Town 7.32

Southampton 7.23

Reading 7.23

Stoke City 6.94

Sunderland 6.93

Fulham 6.86

Watford 6.86

Leicester City 6.84

Arsenal 6.84

Middlesbrough 6.74

Swansea City 6.72

Newcastle United 6.68

Charlton Athletic 6.65

WBA 6.63

AFC Bournemouth 6.63

Manchester City 6.53

Blackburn Rovers 6.51

Millwall 6.50

Birmingham City 6.48

Nottingham Forest 6.35

Brentford 6.32

Bolton Wanderers 6.31

Spurs 6.11

Ipswich Town 6.08

Everton 5.80

Burnley 5.76

Wolves 5.70

Aston Villa 5.69

West Ham United 5.58

Chelsea 5.52

Manchester United 5.40

Liverpool 5.32

Leeds United 5.28

Sheffield Wednesday 5.26

Norwich City 5.09

Blackpool 5.00

Crystal Palace 4.94

QPR 3.58